Questions tagged [project-management]

Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking it on our sister site Project Management Stack Exchange instead.

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How can I ask my boss to stop overcomplicating everything?

I enjoy my job, but my boss makes everything more complicated than it needs to be. Whether it's policy, planning, implementation or improvements, he tries to "outsmart" simple things and ...
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How to get better in project estimations and planning

I am database specialist. I've recently been assigned to product management and project management activities for a project (related to database ) only because I am good in database skills. I don’t ...
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Developing in an academic institute [closed]

We are currently an academic institute of around 50 people. The institute does typical industry research, batteries, metals, magnets, etc. Recently, they began more and more relying on algorithmic ...
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How to manage an army of not-really-devs trying to write code for the sake of project management?

We recently adopted a new management methodology that says there are no roles on the team (a "cross-functional" team where "all team members are developers") and everyone should we ...
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How do I Help a Team Member Recognize the Relative Importance of Their Project

I find myself in the curious case of trying to partially de-motivate someone, some background: I am the team lead of a ~30 person team ranging from interns and new college grads to senior folks with ...
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What does it mean if I am non billable on my project yet a useful resource. Will they fire me?

I work as a non billable member in my company. But I complete my tasks assigned to me on time for my project. Is there a chance that in future my company will fire me just because I am non billable?
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Upper management assigned me to a project and is now ignoring all my communication regarding this project

Some time ago, I was assigned by upper management to work on a project with a client of our company. As the project progressed, the client became upset that our company hadn't assigned anyone else to ...
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Is this kind of testing appropriate?

We are developing voice assistants and when I asked the test engineers how they would test our new features, and I learned that they would build a so-called VIP priority test set(along with several ...
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I contracted out some work and they are billing me for internal communication

I have a LLC that builds web applications for clients. We received a big contract lately and needed more help, so we partnered with another LLC. We are all located in the USA for context. Their work ...
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Is the UML graph a good way of showing your ideas/ write documents of your project? [closed]

I am trying to lead a team of developers to convert my ideas as a CEO to real products. As my company is a small startup with low budge, and I am also a mediocre developer, I decided to learn system ...
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Company's political cruft is preventing me from exercising my expertise in new position. Unable to work at my level

Somewhat Related to: Work given is not in my area of interest, how to approach my manager? Been asked to work significantly "below" my level for a sustained period -- can I ask company for ...
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Co-worker copying my messages and privately send them to clients as his own

I am a software developer, and my new co-worker is privately asking me questions and then sending them in private group chats to our client. This is my first job and I wasn't sure whether this is ...
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How to get motivated to work on tasks that doesn't help you improve

To me there are two aspects of any task assigned to a developer in a software project. These are not exclusive so a task can be (for example) 40% aspect 1 and 60% aspect 2: Task requires you to learn ...
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Should I become a senior programmer before I can become a software architect/lead-tech/CTO of a tech company? [closed]

I am a graduated CS, mid-level developer with few self project experiences in Angular/Android-Java/SQlite/JavaScript Node.JS/MongoDB/C#/Python/C++ embedded-linux systems- OpenCV, etc. I have a vast ...
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Who should answer developers questions and help them solving their problems or choosing proper libraries?

Is there any position in software development companies who answers the questions of the programmers like: "Oh I get this error! I searched for that error and couldn't find the solution. May you ...
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How can I ask for a quote breakdown - when agency refuses?

I work for a company that outsource some of our work to an agency. This agency specialize in branding & design, but also sub-contract other work out to designers, developers, etc. I am new in my ...
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Are agile processes taking too much time in a sprint?

The agile processes are focused on increasing velocity but at the same time seem to require lengthy meetings. Assuming a 2 week sprint, if I understand correctly, at the very minimum there must be: a) ...
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How to politely state that a software requirement is infeasible? [duplicate]

I work as a software engineer for a small software company. One of the things I've observed is that a lot of the system requirements that come my way are based on the whims of the boss and never ...
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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

I work in academia in Germany. After a group meeting of 5 about a project that I took part in, my professor asked me how do I think about the project progress. I had the impression that we might not ...
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Consulting Engineer [closed]

I don't understand the role of a consulting engineer. Is it a good idea to be a consulting engineer? Will I get chance to work close to the projects or I will be working on sidelines?
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Should I continue giving a teammate tasks I know won’t be completed?

So I have been at my current company for about 5 years. Nearly 6 months ago I got promoted to be team lead of the team I have been a part of since I started. In the time I have been with the company, ...
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The project manager sends out the stats about the work hours, bug fix rates every month, is it typical?

We are developing a product that requires 3 teams to work together: my team works on web-development, team B works on embedded system and team C bridges us together (to put in a simple way). There is ...
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Decision avoidance: how to counteract?

What are some good ways to deal with the management putting off taking decision since it's not perfect? There's an implementation decision to be done. I've prepared all possible information to enable ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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Should I let my PMP certification expire? I want to prioritize entrepreneurship

My PMP certification is due to expire within the next three months. I'm currently trying to prioritize a side business that will take considerable time and effort to build up. If I go through a ...
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How do big development teams learn from their mistakes?

I am part of a software development team and I am looking for a way/process that we can collect information on any technical problems that recently happened and document them in a way that would make ...
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Alienated by team manager

I currently am going through bad situation. Our manager was laid off and replaced by other manager which is way younger than previous one somewhere around mid 20s. Problem is that I often get ...
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Is Project/Product Management a good choice when switching career from business (14+ years in Marketing & Sales) to IT? [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Linguistics, however for the last 14+ years I've been building my career in Marketing & Sales (worked for 1 IT company and 4 non-IT companies). IT technologies are so ...
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How do I resolve Product Owner and Team Lead giving contradictory requirements?

Let's say a Product Owner who approves all work before it goes to production, writes the requirements as X. The Team Lead (senior developer) who approves all code changes says do Y, which is ...
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Excluded from extra work activities

Currently I am working in a small team of six developers. Colleagues are often having short talks and flashbacks related to extra work activity (work related decisions they made while not at work), ...
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What to do when my project status update is politicize?

I think I just landed myself in a soup. I work for a company COM which has multiple engagements with a client. We have two projects running PRJ1 and PRJ2. I am part of PRJ2. My managers at PRJ2 (...
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Scrum is causing me stress

We very recently switch to scrum, from something more like a waterfall process. For what it's worth I don't have very strong feelings about any particular development process, but if it becomes clear ...
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How to provide feedback about subtle gender policing

Background: I'm a senior engineer on team A who, back in February, jumped onto team B to take over a project I had zero familiarity with due to the existing lead engineer's departure. The project ...
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Who is my authority on a project - my own manager, or the Project Manager?

Background: I am involved in a project, which has four people: Three people from my same team Me My manager Another person who outranks me, and who reports to my manager's manager. Another person ...
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How can we organize a lot of small pieces of work without creating a duplicate board/Excel file (which has been banned)?

My team has a lot of small pieces of work as we are in the final parts of the project where there are lots of little things to fix. Trying to manage this has been difficult. The problem is the Scrum ...
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Can I conduct quiz among my team to evaluate their understanding? Is this ethically correct thing to do so?

In my recent position as technical lead, I came to realize that some team member did not have a proper understanding of the whole process or what they thought was, was incorrect. We have experienced ...
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How to stop feeling overwhelmed when asked to deliver a project?

I am senior software engineer, and have done pretty much as 10 projects till date. But last year I was given a task to lead a team which had a continous scope creeps, and I had to deal with lots of ...
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How loudly should I warn about a failing project?

A few months ago I was asked to estimate the staffing and the time needed for a proposed new project. I estimated it as needing 10 staff over 5 years. A co-worker estimated the project as needing 7 ...
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How to handle deadlines with manager?

I am a coder in a startup right now and we handle tasks step by step. I am switching context for codebases and change languages a lot and I like it. But I guess I have a problem. In a meeting with ...
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How can a project with high turnover be stabilized even as staff change?

I'm the newly hired team lead for a project which is four years old. I'm two weeks into the job remotely, so I haven't had as many casual chats with new co-workers as I might have hoped, but one of ...
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Is this an adversarial statement? [closed]

“Developers need to be informed the scope, timelines, and other expectations that are material to the success of needed changes.” This statement was made by a developer to an executive, a non-...
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How should I handle constant change on employee assignment from my manager?

I manage a team of 8 engineers, 3 of them are really strong while the other 5 are still mid and junior. They are professional and want to learn new things. My style of building team is to make sure ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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What is the best way to deal with incapable reporting manager?

You have developed a product that could directly save $700 per month for the organisation. You have told about this to your reporting manager (a part-time consultant) and, he without seeing the ...
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How to approach a manager that's possibly over complicating things?

Summary: boss asks for automation of task. Doing it manually will cost 30 developer-days of work, but creating custom CMS to automate it will cost 120 developer-days. How can I bring this to manager's ...
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Employee assessment on a remote team

This is the first time that I'm asking about team management on this site. Please guide me I'm I did something wrong in asking. We have 9 employees that we were working in our office. These days, ...
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How to deal with a difficult project and client

I'm currently working as PHP developer on a small web design company. My main function is to develop websites and small web projects. I have good relationship with all the co-workers and my boss. It's ...
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Lack of skill in IT department putting strain on project

Our company has an initiative to do a big project that will be 250000 in sales. We have a CFT team who are working on this the only part that is holding us back is the IT department. We have spoken ...
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How should I handle a dead project that nobody is working on anymore

One year ago me and several other people were assigned to work on a small project (as an addition to our main responsibilities). We did some work, spent a lot of time waiting for third parties, and at ...
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Just found I was supposed to be working on a completely different project since 8 months ago. How can I handle this?

Kinda shocked at the moment. I’m a dev who works on a team of about 20 developers. Apparently I (along with another developer) was assigned to complete a specification about 8 months ago. I learned ...

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